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[liberationtech] Finfisher Spy Kit Revealed in Bahrain
tabesin at gmail.com
Fri Jul 27 14:54:33 PDT 2012
Am 27.07.2012 12:58, schrieb Erich M.:
> Here is my take [German alas] on that matter including the reaction of
> the Social Democrat fraction in Europarl. MEP Leichtfried from .AT has
> been the rapporteur and the guy who managed to introduce surveillance
> software into the catalogue of "dual use" goods.
Software is a service, not a good. Without discouraging the efforts:
While it may undermine the commercial base it won't help to stop the
spread of these tools.
The Service aspect frames it more into commercial assistence of foreign
espionage, here foreign domestic espionage. "Services" imply that the
export nations do not develop the capabilities themselves and allows for
all kind of trojan horses ("export versions") and contacts, from which
you could assess the current capabilities of the regime.
Ironic: During the 90ths we voiced strong opinions against crypto export
regulations, now virtually the same community seeks export controls for
The common denominator of my campaigning on the EU level is reduction of
legal risks for software development. We both know that even
general-purpose equipment and operating systems could be "dual use".
It's tricky from a regulatory perspective, but the cases are
crystal-clear. An applicable line is to put citizens and export nations
on equal footing. Tools where use is unlawful for citizens under our
jurisdiction should also be controlled for service export to external
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